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Employment Development Specialist FT

Responsible for client placement services, case management and coordination.  Support clients and assist in developing vocational skills, obtaining goals and assist in obtaining competitive employment.  Must be able to represent the organization to other stakeholders including employees, families/guardians, outside agencies, and funding sources.  Ensure activities and operations are carried out in compliance with all regulatory agencies and with Winona ORC’s mission, vision, goals, and policies.

Educate. Empower. Employ.

Maintenance Technician FT

** New Higher Starting Wage**  Starts at $18/hour!!

Perform duties for the maintenance, installation and repair of laundry and facility equipment, working independently to ensure the overall preventive maintenance for facility, laundry and shredding equipment is kept current. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. The successful candidate must be able to pass a MN Department of Human Services background study, drug screening and a Federal criminal background check. Sign on bonus eligible. Access to group, dental, life, disability insurance, and retirement plans.

 

Apply online @ www.winonaorc.org

Apply in person or by mail @ Winona ORC 1053 Mark Street Winona, MN 55987

Email application to hr@winonaorc.org

Job Coach FT&PT

If you are looking for a position where you can make a difference, look no further!  At Winona ORC we envision a world where all people are uplifted by working.  Together, we build a better community.

As a job Coach, you will be responsible for providing job training, implementation of program plans, and direct supervision for people with disabilities at community-based employment sites.  Good customer service skills and a willingness to work with people with disabilities necessary.  Must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to pass MN Department of Human Services background study, drug screening, and criminal background check.

Competitive pay based on experience and education, flexible schedule, and mileage reimbursement.  Access to group health, dental, life and disability insurance, and retirement options depending upon number of hours worked.

Applications available online or submit application and resume to:

Human Resources

Winona ORC Industries,

1053 East Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987, or email hr@winonaorc.org

EEO/AA Employer.

Reflections on an Amazing Career Path

 The Covid-19 Pandemic has created a lot of time to reflect on all the great things each of us take for granted.  Time with friends and family, a simple get together, and the day to day structure of work that was turned upside down in 2020.

I have taken this opportunity to think about my career working with people with disabilities.  I came to this field by mere accident and have never regretted the chance to serve this incredible population.

25 years ago I was looking for a part time job.  I was young, new to a community in western Iowa and needed some extra income.  I was in college, getting my BA in psychology with the intent of working as a counselor or with at-risk youth.  A friend of mine suggested I apply to work as a direct care provider for with people with disabilities.  I had never thought of working in the field; it simply never occurred to me.

My first position gave me the opportunity to work with two incredible women, living on their own as roommates in an apartment.  Each had their challenges but what I came to love were their strengths.  They were genuine, kind, hilarious, real; they had none of the smoking mirrors most of us wear to impress people and make ourselves feel important.  Those two ladies taught me more about life than any college course I ever took on human behavior. They shared their hearts with me, their meals, and their fears and how they had been bullied, ridiculed and marginalized because they were different.  After one week of working with them, I knew I had found my calling.

Many people I know work to make money, gain prestige or just work to work.  I have been blessed: I found what I was meant to do.

Do you have a passion for serving others?  Do you want to go to work every day knowing you are making an impact on someone’s life?  Have you ever considered working with people with disabilities?

If you are looking for a new position, somewhere to make a difference and be a part of a progressive organization that is changing the lives of people with disabilities, I encourage you to go to our website and apply online.  www.winonaorc.org

Are you interested in serving in a different way?  Perhaps on the board?  Making a donation to our organization which is building a stronger infrastructure to serve people with disabilities with the future in mind?  I encourage you to donate to our webpage or return the enclosed envelope.

I sometimes wish I could go back in time and hang out with those two women that opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me.  I would thank them for what they taught me and the pure joy just knowing them had given my life.  How many people can say that about a 25 year long career?

Make Winona ORC part of your story.  Join us.

With much gratitude-

Heidi Smith, Executive Director

Winona ORC Industries, Inc.

Team Member Tuesday – Tom

Name: Tom

Department: Operations

Job Title: Production Floor Manager

Began working with Winona ORC: October 2009

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since you started working at Winona ORC? I was once the star of our company safety video thanks to my co-worker having the day off.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met at Winona ORC: I have worked with a variety of employees in many different settings. From an employee at Benchmark who will still look for me at WORC, to working with a deaf employee that even though I may not know sign language, we are able to communicate our needs to each other, and to another employee who calls me “Hooch the Pooch” because I have the same first name as Tom Hanks (Turner and Hooch movie).

What is your favorite thing about working at Winona ORC? The employees we serve and the appreciation for the opportunity to work at a job they enjoy.

What do you wish other people knew about Winona ORC? The variety of skills and abilities our employees posses.

What do you think will change about Winona ORC over the next five years? More employees will be working in the community.

What do you do when you aren’t at Winona ORC? Lately … playing Mario Kart with my daughter.

What is your first memory of Winona ORC? Being trained in at Peerless Chain, I believe it was the first site I was trained at.

Why do you support Winona ORC? I enjoy working with our employees and giving them opportunities they may not have at other places.

Winona ORC COVID-19 Notice

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Winona ORC Industries, Inc. Covid-19 Pandemic Response
Action and Prevention Plan
Purpose
This Action and Prevention Plan details procedures to prevent and minimize hazards to
human health as it relates to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This document is prepared to
describe implementation of precautionary and response measures to safely and
effectively execute work by Winona ORC Industries, Inc. (WORC) employees and clients.
This Plan will be a living document, to be updated as often as new information regarding
the Pandemic is released. This Plan attempts to capture specific actions, prevention
plans, and procedures to address emergencies resulting from Covid-19. The provisions of
the Plan will be implemented on-site and emergency action will be taken during any
event that may threaten human health at WORC facility or any of the community sites
where WORC staff and/or clients (employees) are employed.
WORC will monitor implementation of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and revise the
plan when a need for revision is identified.
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be posted on the WORC website and made readily
accessible to staff and persons receiving services.
A copy of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be available to each person receiving
services, their legal representative, if any, and their county case manager.
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be available to the Minnesota DHS Commissioner
upon request. This Action and Prevention Plan supplements the existing WORC Safety
Policy.
Individuals will be allowed entry to WORC building, vehicles, and community sites
according to the following guidelines.
Visitors
WORC facility and vehicles will remain closed to all non-essential visitors and volunteers.
All visitors and volunteers must report to the front office. Items that need to be dropped
off for a client can be left at the front office. People arriving to pick up clients must call
the main number or ring the doorbell to inform staff they have come to pick someone
up. They will not be allowed in the building.
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During a Peacetime Emergency as Declared by the Governor of Minnesota
Pursuant to Emergency Executive Order 20-55, “at-risk persons are strongly urged to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in necessary activities for health and wellbeing…” At-risk persons are defined in paragraph 2 of the Order as follows: Consistent with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), “at- risk persons” include people who are:
1. 65 years and older.
2. Living in a nursing home or a long-term care facility, as defined by the Commissioner of Health.
3. Any age with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
o People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
o People who have serious heart conditions.
o People who are immunocompromised (caused by cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications).
o People with severe obesity (body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher).
o People with diabetes.
o People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
o People with liver disease
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Individuals’ Rights
The Minnesota DHS Commissioner is temporarily modifying Minnesota Statutes, section 245D.04, subdivision 2 pertaining to a person’s service-related rights by adding a new clause: A person’s service-related rights include the right to: . . .
(10) make an informed choice about whether to receive day services in the licensed facility/community or to “stay-at-home” and receive no day services or receive services remotely during the peacetime emergency to minimize their exposure to COVID-19. This right exists even if the person does not meet the definition of an “at-risk person” under Emergency Executive Order 20-55, paragraph 2.
Updated Modifications for WORC Clients to “Return to Work”
WORC continues to modify “return to work” protocols based on updated Bulletin 20-56-09 (attached) guidance from Minnesota DHS:
 Any client that can adhere to wearing a mask and social distance may return to work.
 Services can only be provided for up to six hours in the WORC facility (the four hours does not include transportation).
 Services can be provided in the community for up to six hours (the six hours does not include transportation).
 Only 50% of licensed capacity are allowed to work in the WORC facility.
 Pursuant to Emergency Executive Orders 20-55 and 20-63, the Minnesota DHS Commissioner is requiring license holders of a day services facility license under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D, to adhere to Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on COVID-19. This is an ongoing requirement, as the guidance will evolve during the pandemic. DHS will communicate current guidance and any updated guidance to providers via email and on the DHS website.
 If a person receiving services or a staff person tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, the license holder must follow the MDH and CDC guidelines specific to the situation and program capabilities.
 This Response Action and Prevention Plan meets the requirement that license holders of day services for adults with disabilities must establish and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan as set forth in Emergency Executive Order 20-63, paragraph 7.e. The plan must provide for the business’s implementation of Minnesota OSHA Standards and MDH and CDC Guidelines in their workplaces. These requirements are set forth in guidance published by DEED and DLI available on DEED’s website (https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/business/).
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Remote Services for Individuals
MN DHS Bulletin #20-48-01 allows for Temporary Remote services. These services must adhere to the Bulletin guidance.
Staff Training
All WORC staff and employees will be trained on the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Action and Prevention Plan during orientation and as needed thereafter.
Health and Safety Modifications
According to the temporarily modified Minnesota Statutes, section 245D.29 , WORC will adhere to the following guidelines:
 All employees and clients (or residential providers) shall provide notice of any individual who develops symptoms or are confirmed for Covid-19 for up to 7 days following their visit to WORC. If individuals are determined to have been potentially contagious while at the WORC site, protocol for confirmed cases will be followed as laid out in this document.
 All community sites at which WORC provides services shall provide notice of any employee or customer who develops symptoms or are confirmed for Covid-19 for up to 7 days following their visit to the community site. If individuals are determined to have been potentially contagious while at the community site, protocol for confirmed cases will be followed as laid out in this document.
 Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while in the WORC building will be isolated with staff supervision in the identified isolation room (small conference room) in the WORC facility. Arrangements will be made by WORC staff immediately upon noticing symptoms to have the individual transported home or to another predetermined, safe location away from the WORC facility.
 WORC will communicate with legal representatives, county case managers, and residential providers when service recipients have been potentially exposed.
 Face coverings shall be required for all individuals who enter the WORC facility and for the duration of community employment and transportation. The following mask types will be allowed:
o N95 respirator without exhaust valve
o Cloth or medical masks
o Employer supplied face covering (if applicable and available)
o Employee supplied face covering approved by the Employer in the event other mask types listed are not available due to shortages
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Site Entry & Work Location Screening
Prior to obtaining access to the WORC facility or vehicles, all employees and clients shall:
 Check in at the WORC main facility with the designated staff providing Covid-19 Screening or
 Check in with the vehicle driver BEFORE entering the WORC vehicle, and
 Complete Access Questionnaire, which includes a body temperature check (see Exhibit A), and
 Personnel with symptoms matching those with Covid-19 will not be granted access to the WORC facility and/or vehicles.
Physical plant and space requirements
 A 6-foot minimum distance shall be maintained between all individuals while onsite.
 A maximum of 10 individuals in each cohort will be maintained. To minimize cross-contamination between areas, individuals will be assigned to a specific area for the day and should remain in that area, with the exception of using the restroom and their “safe spot.” Individuals will not be allowed to walk freely throughout the building.
 A maximum of 50% of licensing capacity is allowed in the WORC facility.
 WORC will schedule all client services to be delivered in shifts, with a maximum duration of four hours throughout the day for each person receiving services. The staff providing the services must document the start and end time of each shift in and indicate with his/her name and signature or electronic signature that he/she is the staff providing the services.
 The schedule of staff and clients will be designed to ensure staggered activity schedules that minimize contact with others outside of assigned cohorts.
 Every effort will be made to maintain a schedule of consistent cohorts of the same staff and persons receiving services. Cohorts will consist of 10 or fewer people, including staff. Cohorts must be maintained throughout the program day, including meal times, and should also be maintained during the programming week whenever possible.
 WORC will ensure the facility is cleaned and disinfected between shifts.
 The schedule will incorporate arrival and departure protocols for persons receiving services that include social distancing strategies and other mitigation efforts.
 WORC will have areas specified to be occupied by each cohort of not more than 10 individuals including staff and clients. These areas will be protected from other cohorts using separate rooms, or other physical barriers.
 Traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing will be identified using signs and floor dots of different colors to designate specific work areas throughout the WORC building.
 All seating in the WORC building is spaced to maximize the space between
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persons receiving services with at least six feet between seats. Whenever possible, seating will be turned in the same direction (rather than facing each other) to reduce transmission caused from virus-containing droplets created when people talk, cough, or sneeze.
 During meal times, staff who work directly with individuals will eat at different times and in a separate area at least 6 feet away from others.
 Now that WORC provides transportation, we will follow current MnDOT guidelines on the number of individuals each vehicle can safely accommodate. Masks will be worn by all individuals while in the vehicle including clients and driver. Each vehicle will be sanitized between transportation routes following current CDC guidelines.
Work Location Procedures & Precautions
The following are the procedures and precautionary measures that will be implemented in the work location to mitigate the transmission of Covid-19 to all personnel.
 Any individual presenting respiratory symptoms, fever, and/or meet the criteria developed by WORC to be categorized as a risk to human health, as it relates to Covid- 19, will be denied access to the WORC site and vehicles. Affected individuals will be mandated to proceed with recommended precautions and subject to a 14-day quarantine. This includes testing from the local hospital to determine if it is a positive Covid-19 case.
 Each individual entering the WORC site, WORC vehicle, or WORC community site shall complete the screening form prior to gaining access to the WORC site, vehicle, or community site each day.
 Staff who are required to assist individuals served with eating lunch or break will be required to eat at a different time ensuring social distancing is maintained.
Voluntary Temporary Facility Closure In accordance with Minnesota Department of Human Services, leadership will implement a temporary facility closure if circumstances related to COVID-19 prevent the safe delivery of services. These circumstances may include, but are not limited to, the following:
 COVID-19 exposure or infection in multiple cohorts  Inability to maintain minimum staffing ratios  Non-participation by service recipients due to COVID-19 exposure or infection
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Ventilation
All areas of the facility and WORC vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned at least daily or as often as required in other areas of this policy. All individuals will be required to participate in cleaning and sanitizing common areas.
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Current cleaning, disinfecting, and ventilation guidelines as set forth by the CDC will be followed. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building- facility.html
Reporting Procedures & Confirmed Cases
In the event of any of the following, reporting and response policies will be followed to minimize exposure and transmission of Covid-19. Notification of any of these events shall be conducted immediately.
 A confirmed case of Covid-19 for a client, employee, or person living with a client or employee
 An individual is denied access to a WORC vehicle, facility or community site or removed from the site for fever or symptoms associated with Covid-19
 Notice of an individual being otherwise impacted by Covid-19
The reporting procedure is as follows:
 All of the following WORC leadership shall be immediately notified:
o Executive Director
o Client Services Director
o HR Director
In the event of a positively confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19:
1. If the affected person is offsite, the affected person will be instructed to stay home and will not be allowed onsite. 2. Current MN Department of Health guidance states that any individual who has tested positive for COVID and has recovered does not need to quarantine after exposure to another individual who tests positive as long as the subsequent exposure is within 90 days of the exposed individual having COVID.
3. If the affected person had been onsite in the last 48 hours, protocols below for “onsite affected person” will also be implemented.
o The affected person will immediately be removed from the site premises
o The Executive Director, another member of leadership, or case manager will gain an understanding of potential locations and individuals the affected person had been in contact through a phone conversation with the individual or the individual’s residential provider/guardian. After an orderly and safe shutdown of the WORC affected area, the site will be locked down while it is determined what areas may have been impacted and who may have been exposed. WORC Executive Director and leadership team will lead the contact tracing investigation and decision-making process.
o After the investigation has been completed, individuals determined to not have been affected can continue working onsite so long as it does not impact sanitizing efforts, there are adequate staff to meet client/staff
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ratios, and it is approved by WORC leadership.
o Quarantine protocols are based on Minnesota Department of Health “COVID-19 Recommendations for Critical Infrastructure Business and Industries, dated 09/09/2020”
 Based on staffing shortages staff will follow 3b. Strategy 2 from the Minnesota Dept of Health “COVID-19 Recommendations for Critical Infrastructure Business and Industries”, page 3. “Employees should self-quarantine for a minimum of 7 days, and test on day 5.”
o All affected or potentially affected areas will be thoroughly wiped with an approved bleach/water (1:10 ratio) solution or other CDC approved sanitation solution. Additionally, the affected area/site/vehicle will be locked down and not entered for a period of 7 calendar days.
4. Once quarantine is completed, confirmed and suspected cases may attempt to return to the WORC or community site with the following criteria:
o No fever within 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication), and
o At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
o A Covid-19 test proves negative.
5. The following criteria will be used to individually evaluate workplace safety:
o If a staff or client has direct contact with someone or is living with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, current guidance states you should self- quarantine for 14 days.
o If an employee or customer of a community site tests positive, all clients and staff will be immediately removed from the site. Return to the site will be determined on an individual basis.
Best Practices Being Continuously Implemented at WORC
1. Encourage sick employees and clients to stay home: Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home
2. Social Distancing: Avoid congregating, large gatherings, and always maintain a minimum distance of approximately 6 feet from others.
3. Meetings: Large mass meetings will continue to be held through Zoom or another virtual meeting provider
4. No usage of personal vehicles to transport clients to and from work or any other ORC business.
5. Shared Computers: Computers should be sanitized before and after each use.
6. Lunch/Break: All individuals must maintain a distance of 6 feet from other individuals while eating lunch or taking breaks.
7. Hygiene: The following processes will be implemented at WORC:
o Common areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily
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o Workers responsible for trash removal will maintain proper PPE/hand washing practices
o Hand wash stations will be maintained with soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels
o All individuals on site will be expected to participate in extra cleanings for frequently touched surfaces (light switches, tables, chairs, door handles, etc.)
8. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
o Do not share PPE.
o Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation before and after each use.
o Ensure used PPE is disposed of properly.
Available upon request:
 Client screening document
 Staff screening doc, visitor doc, application doc (interviews)
 COVID-19 Recommendations for Critical Infrastructure Business and Industries, MN *DPH 9/9/20

Team Member Tuesday – Kristen

Name: Kristen

Department: Admin

Department: Finance

Job Title: Director of Finance

Started: September 16, 2019

What the best thing to happen to you since you started working at Winona ORC? Everybody has been so welcoming and helpful.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met at Winona ORC? Everyone has been so friendly and happy to have me here.

What is your favorite thing about working at Winona ORC? Making a difference in the lives of our employees. They will be amazed at the work ethic and joy brought to their organization.

What do you think will change about Winona ORC over the next five years? How we serve our employees and where and how they will be employed.

What do you do when you aren’t at Winona ORC? Spending quality time with friend’s and family.

What is your first memory of Winona ORC? Buying mittens from Winona Knits and Mitts.

Why do you support Winona ORC? I believe in giving back to the community and empowering our employees.